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from the first local station with news in high definition, this is 9 news now. it is believed three vehicles were struck along 66 and sycamore street in arlington. our lindsey mastis near the scene with more information. what can you tell us? >> i'm here at dulles airport. this is where the shuttle bus driver was going. in fact three'sed him at the main terminal. what we know is all began 9:20 this morning. that's when police started to get in reports. virginia police tell us they had three reports of hit and runs. same with arlington. they say three hit and runs and one in dc. we are trying to figure out how
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many people were hit. from what we understand, the shuttle bus that hit the cars kept going. the cars would basically go to the side of the highway and wait for the police to come. we have not heard of any injuries at this point. the reason we don't have an exact number is because this crosses so many jurisdictions that the police are trying to find out if their restaurant is the same as the report in another jurisdiction. what we know is the bus driver was in a super shuttle bus. those are the blue ones with the yellow writing and he made his way to the airport. he even hit another vehicle in the access road is what we are told by authorities here. he has been arrested. from what we understand, he's not yet been charged but he has been taken to a detention center in fairfax county. we will get more information as the day progresses. live from dulles airport, lindsey mastis, 9 news now. >> we will have more details
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coming up on wusa9.com. and on our 5:00 p.m. newscast. after the weekend rain some residents woke up to snow this morning. an advisory was posted for a while. but let's get to tom sater and found out what is happening for this evening. >> reporter: here's the numbers. they are falling. going in the wrong direction. 35 degrees currently. feels like 24. yes, we had a dusting in some cases this morning. a winter weather advisory has been allowed to expire. and now a wind advisory for the shenandoah. the big story is the cold an wind. show you the numbers in the area. wind gusts, 35-mile an hour in gaithersburg. 25 in washington. it was just as windy but this air has is colder. show you the titan 9000 briefly. the snow is falling on parts of the chesapeake moving to the eastern shore. do not be surprised if you encounter a burst of a snow shower or flurries that will be popping up the next 28 hours. the full forecast in a few
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minutes. >> we'll get back to you later. a report of smoke on a metro track bed caused delays for blue and orange line riders this morning. it happened at metro center. investigators say a light fixture caught fire and that fire has been knocked down. there was no blue or orange line service between foggy bottom and federal triangle and metro brought in shuttle buses to get passengers along. well, the senate is scheduled to hold a test vote on president obama's tax bill today. joel brown reports the white house remains confident that congress will pass the measure, despite continued opposition from some democrats. >> reporter: the president's tax deal with republicans faces the first major test in congress. the senate is set to hold a preliminary vote today and is expected to pass the legislation later this week. but the bill faces a much bigger hurdle in the house. most democrats say they oppose
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provisions that will extend tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires. house majority leader hoyer echoed those concerns. >> i do not believe the deep debt that comes from republicans upper income and estate tax incomes is worth their minimal impact on job creation. >> reporter: hoyer says democrats had no oh choice and the white house says this is the best deal they could get. >> the question is when you weigh it is it a net win for the america people? is it important for the economy? i think the answer to that is yes. >> reporter: this to get democrats on board, some sweeteners are added to the deal, like a tax credit for green tax jobs and tax breaks for some schoolteachers. some argue the add ons only make things worse. >> we were heading to a $1.3 trillion deficit next year and add this and we up to 1.75 or 1.8 trillion there's one-year deficit. >> reporter: republicans are supporting the current frame work, and don't want changes made. >> i think it will create job
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and help our economy. >> reporter: if congress doesn't get the deal passed by the end of the year, nearly every american family will see their taxes go up. joel brown, cbs news, washington. the president is also pushing to feed more of the nation's children at school. the president and the first lady were at harriett tugman elementary school in northwest washington this morning. the president signed a $4.5 billion bill to expand free school lunches for low-income students. that bill will also give the government -- >> bipartisan support in both houses of congress. that hasn't happened as often as we'd like in the last couple of years but it says something about our politics. it reminds us that no matter what people may hear about how divided things are in washington, we can still come together and agree on issues that matter for our children's future and for our future as a
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nation. >> reporter: the bill will also give the government the power to decide what kinds of foods may be sold in vending machines, lunch lines and fund- raisers during school hours. some republicans argue that the measure is too expensive and is an example of government outreach. the baltimore man accused of plotting to blow up a military recruitment center is heading to court in about an hour. antonio martinez will go before a judge for a detention hearing at u.s. district court in baltimore. martinez was arrested last week in a sting operation after he allegedly tried to detonate a phony bomb. martinez is charged with attempted murder of federal officers and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. he is 21 years old and is a recent convert to islam. in court documents, it describes him as obsessed with jihad. christmas is just 12 days
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away, and so u.p.s. and the postal service are bracing for the holiday shipment spike. fedex is expecting today to be the busiest day in the company's history. kristin fisher gives us a behind the scenes look at the fedex facility in northeast washington. >> reporter: 86 packages every single second. that's how many packages fedex delivers between thanksgiving and christmas day. and monday will likely be the company's busiest day ever. >> we will see 16 million packages come through our system today. >> reporter: this dc hub is one of the busiest fedex facilities this the entire washington hear and today alone these conveyer belts will be processing almost 40,000 different packages. >> this is the time of the year we minimize vacation time and generally accepted the two weeks before christmas there aren't many opportunities for a break. >> reporter: this holiday
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season has been especially challenging for shipping companies after explosive devices were found on two cargo planes in late october. u.p.s. now requires all customers to show a photo i.d. and fedex isn't talking about its enhanced security measures except to say -- >> we have learned from the lesson of others an we try to do better in the future. that's probably the most i can say about the security. we take it very seriously and we know we are in good shands. >> reporter: provided you pack -- in good hands. >> reporter: so provided you pack your package properly and don't procrastinate past the 23rd, the shipments will arrive by christmas day. kristin fisher, 9 news now. if you are using the postal service, here's some deadlines that you need to know. to get christmas cards delivered on time, first-class mail has to be sent by monday,
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december 20th. priority mail must be sent by december 21st and express mail will get your gifts delivered if you send them out by december 22nd. still to come on 9 news now, holiday shopping is a lot easier, thanks to the internet. coming up next, we will have a consumer alert. find out why the convenience is also making it harder for officials here in the united states to crackdown on counterfeiters. >> that's all i was thinking about. investigators are looking at what touched off a fire that killed four dogs. but there is a silver lining. manier than 100 dogs were saved.
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investigators are expected to return today to a calvert county, maryland kennel where four dogs were killed in a fire. firefighters were able to rescue more than 100 animals inside of a home in huntingtown
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yesterday. the family, that lives there, breeds dogs. more than 600 animals were found on the property. >> all the dogs are in good shape, good condition. there's pallets of food an everything. they were obviously taken well care. >> reporter: animal control officials say calvert county has no limitation on the number of animals you can have as long as they are properly cared for. officials say they have been to the home for minor code violations, but they add the owners have always made the necessary corrections. we have a consumer alert for holiday shoppers. u.s. officials say four out of five imitation luxury brands are made in china. they say internet shopping makes it harder for officials to keep uncounterfeit products out of the united states. in the last ten years what we have seen is it has made it easier for the manufacturers to
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overseas to direct market and sell their goods to the people of the united states where as ten, 15 years ago, before the internet took off, you would have had to go to your local flee market, your local discount store or local area town where you know counterfeit goods are sold and walk in to a store and physically buy them. >> reporter: counterfeit goods and pirated movies are big business. they generated $250 billion in 2007. well, the weather all across the country is nothing short of treacherous. flooding and mudslides on the west side. heavy snow just about everywhere else and we have our own problems. tom sater has the forecast. with cold air and wind picking up there are parts of the area that will have wind chill values five to ten degrees below zero. a wind chill advisory is in affect. i will have the details coming up. stay with [ male announcer ] are you watching cable?
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cameras captured the tarp roof of the metrodome in minneapolis collapsing yesterday morning. snow, on top of the roof,
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forced it to sag and then a tear developed and snow began to fall in to the stadium. no one was inside at the time. meanwhile, the giants and vikings games, scheduled for yesterday, had to be moved to detroit. they will play at ford field tonight. in seattle, residents are on the alert for mudslides. three inches of rain fell in 24 hours, causing major flooding this weekend, and there's no immediate relief in sight because rain will continue through wednesday. all right. tom is here with our forecast. it's getting cold. >> colder than last week and i thought last week was bitter. >> i know. >> we had a nice dusting up to two inches to the south of us but here we go. are you ready? >> i'm ready. >> look at chicago, about 1,000 flights were cancelled yesterday. so much is going on around the country. you can see here as folks were dealing with dangerous
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conditions on the roads, tractor-trailers sliding 0 the road. chicago, oh, boy, they have have it. although we had a patch last week that caused problems. when the ground temperatures get below freezing for several days like they will again, anything that falls will create a problem. look at our neck of the woods. for the day planner, we have hit the high of 30s but we will fall from here on out. wind chill values 15 to 25. it will get much colder as the temperatures drop and the winds pick up. look at the satellite-radar picture. we had the front of course move through. it dropped a half inch of rainfall. cold air moved in quickly. a disturbance developed and anything that falls will fall frozen. around fredericksburg, getting up a couple of inches, most locations a dusting. pretreated roads did help this time but the brakes in the cloud cover will allow the temperatures to drop and mountain snows to the west. in fact, heavy amounts of snow,
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in white. winter storm warnings for heavy accumulations. thank goodness the mountains are there. show you the live doppler 9000 hd. you can see what's left. some of the snowfall is making its way around southeast virginia around norfolk, virginia beach. getting a light snow and hard to detect the pockets. a burst of snow to the north, as well. that's the story the next couple of days. the new story we are adding to this chapter of our weather the next couple of days is a wind advisory and not just a wind advisory but a wind chill advisory as winds pick up in speed tonight and these counties shaded here, wind chill values will be five to ten below zero this afternoon. and they are going to get even colder later on tonight. strong winds here as you can see 29-mile an hour wind gusts, 25 at frederick. when you look at the temperature and see how it factors in and plays a role here, the numbers look like this. 35 at reagan national. 30 gaithersburg. 34. when you factor in the winds in
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the 20s. for the most part across the country it has been staggering. we will be hearing about the cold no florida affecting those crops coming soon. nashville three below zero. there it is. you can see it. light snow is affecting areas of the great lakes. the lake effect snow machine will be in full force. for us looking at just the cold. let's go to the three-day forecast and you can see high temperature today already hit it. it will be falling. tomorrow we struggle to get to 30, j.c. 32 on wednesday. don't be surprised to see flurries and a slight snow shower the next 24 hours. breaking news now from virginia. a federal judge has just declared the obama administration's health care law unconstitutional. the ruling sides with virginia's attorney general in a dispute that both sides agree with ultimately be decided by the u.s. supreme court. several other lawsuits have
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been dismissed and there are others pending, including one filed by 20 other states in florida. virginia republican attorney general filed a separate lawsuit in defense of a new state law that prohibits the government from forcing state residents to buy health insurance. now let's go to peggy fox with today's momslikeme.com segment. >> reporter: i'm peggy fox with momslikeme.com. if you have a child old enough to know what a nintendo dsi is, he probably wants one for christmas, but is that such a good idea given the obesity rates we have going on? we have dr. jamie here and she says stop before you buy. >> get them moving and away from the screens. >> what kind of gifts do that. >> sports equipment and accessories. will whether it is a ball, ice skates, frisbee. we want our kids to be
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physically active. >> even if they don't play that particular sport it might be something they like to do. >> ask your kids what they like. we want long-term success. if we get them stuff they like maybe they will do it. >> subscription to magazines and make sure they are safe with the equipment. >> sports safety equipment is imperative. make sure if your kids have a bike they are wearing a bike approved helmet that fits properly, mouth guards, shin guards, water bottles these are important every time they go out. >> how do the tickets to sporting events get them moving. >> they are a great idea for motivation. bring them to a minor league or college game because they can be extense pensive. >> we appreciate you coming on and this will all be at lots of lotions promised healing.
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she's the general manager an the executive pastry chef and she's made some cup cakes for us. so you started to mix them up. what did you put in. >> butter sugar, eggs, rum, all the dry ingredients and nice and spicy. >> reporter: i can smell the rum. and you have eggnog in there, too. >> yes. the eggnog instead of buttermilk makes it nice and rich. >> reporter: by the way, i need to tell you the recipe will be on our website at wusa9.com. oh, and look at what you two. see, she uses an ice cream scoop to get the batter out. how long do you let it bake and at what time. >> 350 for 18 minutes. >> reporter: that's all? >> yes. >> reporter: and we have some you baked this morning. and they smell so good. >> thank you very much. this is an eggnog butter cream we made. we do powder sugar, eggnog and spices. nice and rich.
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>> reporter: you want to visit the red velvet reston town center. they use the freshest best ingredients, madagascar, vanilla. we will come out and visit you and look at the finished product. doesn't that look nice? come back at 5:00. i like this. >> thank you. >> smells good. thank [ male announcer ] are you watching cable? here's what you should be watching: your cable bill. because you could be paying way too much. upgrade to verizon fios and get tv, internet and phone for just $99.99 a month for a year. plus this special holiday bonus: over 25 hbo and cinemax channels free for 3 months. there's no term contract required. you can cancel anytime with no early termination fee. with fios, you get superior picture quality,
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